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Tick Bite - Treatment Guide

Updated on May 27, 2009
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How to remove a tick? How to Treat a Tick Bite?

  • When a tick bites, it buries its head in skin. It breathes through the back. The tick attaches itself by its mouth.

  • Try pulling the tick gently with tweezers. Be careful. If the tick is broken off while the process of removal process, the tick will most likely cause an infection.

  • When a tick bites, it buries its head in skin. It breathes through the back. The tick attaches itself by its mouth.

  • After the tick removal, do not assume that the tick dead. Do not throw it in the garbage. The tick can crawl back out from any place, ready to attach itself to the next living thing that happens by.Try saving the tick; preserve the removed tick into a plastic bag with rubbing alcohol. If you cannot save it, write down the description of the tick and the date of the bite. Some symptoms may take up to a several weeks to develop.

  • Please remember that any remedies such as Vaseline, flame, heat, hot matches, nail polish remover, etc'- could actually make things worse.

  • Anything that will stress the tick could result in the tick purging (vomiting). In this case, the contents of the tick's body enter into your bloodstream, same as injection, infecting you with large number of diseases.Safely remove the tick with tweezers, rinse out the tick bite area with soap and water, and apply antiseptic to guard against infection.

How to Treat Tick Bite Area after Tick Removal?

Do you notice a swelling in the tick bite area? What to do about an itchy tick bite?

Here are some home remedies and tips to decrease the swelling and the pain of a tick bite:

  • Do not scratch the tick bite or the area around it.

  • Apply an ice pack to the tick bite to decrease pain and slow the swelling for 15 minutes once an hour for the first 6 hours.

  • To reduce the pain and the swelling apply one of the following:

  • Apply Tea tree oil. Apply one drop every four hours.

  • Lavender oil might help also stop the itching. Apply one or two drops, wait about fifteen minutes to allow the oil to take effect. If the area starts itching again, apply more - but just one or two drops at a time.

  • Peppermint oil has a cooling affect. Apply a drop or two of it. If you have toothpaste that contains peppermint oil, apply a dab.

  • Calamine lotion and Aloe-Vera gel will help relieve itching

  • Use a local painkiller to reduce the pain and itching. wet your skin and rub an aspirin over the tick bite.

When should you Visit a Doctor for the tick bite?

  • Immediate consultant after the tick bite is needed if you cannot remove the tick or part of the tick from the skin? Visit your physician immediately.

  • Six hours after the tick bite - If you experience rash at the site of the tick bite, chills, headache or fever, fatigue, muscle weakness or difficulty walking.

  • One to two days after the tick bite-If you experience and develop redness, swelling or yellow drainage from the tick bite site

  • Two to fourteen days after the tick-bite-If you develop a fever, widespread rashes, headache, muscle pains, joint pains or flu-like symptoms the tick bite site.

  • Three to 30 days after the tick-bite- You develop a red-ring or a bull's eye rash around the tick bite wound or /and have difficulty moving your legs and walking.

Get tips of how to avoid a tick bite and preventive actions to avoid tick bite and Lyme disease


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      vule 3 years ago

      Hey guys ive gat some small thing that look like bucterious on my testicles skin they i too many can u help me with how i can remove them?

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      ariel rose 5 years ago

      I when fishing friday. found a tick on me saturday buried into my skin. lower back left side. right along my waist line. I pulled it out. it itches really bad,swollen,no red or white rings yet. but should I worry?

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      Glan 5 years ago

      Glen you are a douchebag "uh just sayin" I've had a deer tick bite buried between my toes for days & now I might have lyme?? Go cut off you balls, scrub off your vag... Douchbag

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      glen 5 years ago

      if you have a tick bite on your balls or vagina area you should immediately rap a rubberband around your balls and wait a few days for them to die and cut them off now your vagina you should scrub it with a wire brush to clean that nasty mess and wash it with battery acid and broken lightbulb dust just sayin

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      james 5 years ago

      This is stupid advice. How the hell am I supposed to avoid stressing out the tick. Useless advice all around.

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      kenneth nettles 5 years ago

      i pull a tick off my ball what do i do

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      ballzickticky 5 years ago

      After having sex w my gf, she was examine the blood on my balls... and noticed a small scab... it was actually a deer tick, , we pulled it off and bagged it, then washed my balls, what do I do now?

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      samantha 5 years ago

      tonight i just went fishing came back and felt something tickling the back of my leg and there was a deer tick it wasn't attached but the bites i found on my leg they don't itch. kind of freaking out :(

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      heather 5 years ago

      Yes, I recommend the tic key. It works great!

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      jjpjj 5 years ago

      I bought something called a tick key. Special device for removing ticks on people and animals. Works great! Pulls them out head and all in a blink. google it and you'll see what I'm talking about.

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      Alan Kane 5 years ago

      Another simple way to stop the itch is spray Windex on it. windex is basically diluted ammonia and this works.

      And if it doesn't help, you can always clean a window.

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      I heard that spraying OFF (human bug spray) over the bug works.. Just be carful it has a high chance in iritatinig the horses skin

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      Ciara 6 years ago

      Go to a doctor immediately, Ellyn!!

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      tara 6 years ago

      ellyn-that sounds like you need to see the Dr. Lyme disease causes a rash like that.

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      ellyn L 6 years ago

      I have a bite on my stomach. It has swollen and is the size of a softball and looks like a target with a red center and white ring then red again

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      Daniel 6 years ago

      A tick attatched itslef to my balls and these treatments sort of help.

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      Lara 6 years ago

      I have been living in an area which has ticks everywhere. It is really annoying, but now a part of life. I find that a product called "Itch Eze" works well and also has a local anaesthetic in it for relief. Last night however, I pulled one off my eyelid and now my eye is the size of a golf ball! I am too scared to put anything on it in case it goes into my eye!

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      Jhana 6 years ago

      I have a tick bite at my belly and its itching i already killed the tick after pulling it out of my skin what should i do...?

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      Marty 7 years ago

      Good info about which meds to use.

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      Leah 7 years ago

      I was bitten by a tick at least a month a go now. There,is sti

      ll a large raised bump where it bit me on my lower back and itches like crzy still. I cant seem to get rid of it. Im assumimg to have symptoms like this a month later is not normal...however, I have not shown any flu like symptoms. What should I do

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      margaret 7 years ago

      my urine feeds the poor

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      gisa 7 years ago

      a tiny bug bit me, i think it was a deer tick. I felt a sting and saw the bug and niw it is very itchy and sore

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      Bell 7 years ago

      This is very good advise.

      Thank you!